Transfer Admissions Criteria

The University at Buffalo welcomes international transfer students who are prepared to take advantage of the opportunities offered by a top-quality public research university.

What is required for transfer admission?

Admission to the transfer class at UB is based primarily on your college/university grades. We are looking for students who excel academically, engage in extracurricular activities, and who maintain a good school-life balance.

Am I a freshman or transfer applicant?

Freshman or transfer status has a strict definition which is based upon the facts of your educational background.

What is a freshman?

  • You have never studied or enrolled in any college / university or postsecondary studies after completing secondary school.
  • You are a freshman even if you have “advanced standing” for which you may receive university credits. This includes A Levels, International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP).

What is a transfer?

  • You have completed secondary school and you subsequently enrolled or studied one or more subjects in a college or university.
  • You may or may not have passed the class(es); you may or may not have earned university credit for the class(es); you may or may not have changed your major or stopped studying because you did not like your major.
  • If you engaged in any study in a college or university, you must apply as a transfer applicant; you cannot “choose” to be a freshman.
Still not sure if you are a freshman or transfer? Take this test.

If a minimum of one item in statement 1 and all of statement 2 is true, then you are a freshman applicant. Otherwise you are a transfer applicant.


STATEMENT 1:   A minimum of one item must be true.

A.  I am currently studying in high school (secondary school).

B.  Even though I am not in high school, I am studying a secondary school curriculum.

C.  I have completed high school.




STATEMENT 2:   This statement must also be true.

I have never enrolled in or studied at a postsecondary institution after completing secondary school.


Both are true?  You will apply as a Freshman.

Any part not true?  You will apply as a Transfer.

What do admissions counselors consider?

Academic Requirements English Language Standardized Tests

Students who are ready for academic success:

UB uses a 4.0 grading scale, and we expect transfer students applying here to have the equivalent of a 2.5 on that scale. That is the same as a grade of B- or 78 on a 100-point scale in the U.S.

You do not need to obtain an evaluation of your transcripts. Just provide your official transcripts with an English translation and we will make the grade conversions in our office. Our admissions counselors are experts in the many education systems around the world and they know how to translate your country’s grading scale into the one we use here at UB.

If you have completed fewer than 24 credits at your previous college or university, we will also review your secondary school transcripts.

Admission to your intended major

Some transfer students will be admitted to their intended major directly at the time of university admission. All other students are evaluated by their departments during their studies at UB and are admitted only after all requirements have been met.

Each academic department can have different requirements for admission to their majors and degree programs.

Additional supplemental materials may be required by certain departments or schools.

Arts and Sciences

Students with 60 or more transfer credits and minimum grades in prerequisite courses may be admitted to majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, with the exceptions of programs in the arts (media study, art, theatre and dance, and music) which require a portfolio or audition.


Admission to engineering as a transfer student is competitive and minimum grades in prerequisite courses are required. Students will be notified about admission to engineering when they receive the university’s admission decision.

Architecture, Biomedical Sciences, Management, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions

Admission to these professional programs is competitive. Their excellent reputation makes them popular with many students and admission is selective.

Check your major’s requirements before you apply!

Find your major in the UB Undergraduate Catalog. If you have any questions about requirements for your intended major, you should immediately contact your department for more information.